Summer is here! It is a fun time to go to the beach or to the pool, but for us it’s not as carefree. Being a family with a kid with eczema makes our summer different, it does not mean it is not fun, just that we have to find other ways to spend this hot and humid season. Here are some of the creative things we do to keep our daughter entertained.
1. One of the things that triggers my daughter eczema is the combination of high temperatures and exposure to the sun. Since we live in a place where the weather throughout the year is pretty hot and humid, we plan our vacation to places where the weather is cooler. For us, summer vacation doesn’t mean a trip to the beach; instead, it means mountains and light sweaters. This year we will visit some friends and family in Canada.
2. Unfortunately, we cannot spend the whole three months of summer vacation traveling, so we have to figure out what to do in our own home. I find arts & crafts to be entertaining, easy enough to do, and really useful. Usually, we go once a week to a store like A. C. Moore or Michael’s to buy supplies, which is an adventure of its own. I try to not buy things that are not necessary, if you have been in one those stores you know how easy it is to get carried away. We look on the internet for DIY projects, and I try to find ways she can keep and display her creations.
3. Summer camp is another common thing to do during the school break. Bella cannot go to most of the camps, since they are outside, so instead I always look for summer camps that are indoors – such as dance, ballet, yoga or gymnastics – and sign her up for 2 or 3 weeks.
4. We also continue her after-school activities during summer. In her case, she loves ice skating. So we go at least twice a week to practice at the rink.
Let us know: what are your plans for summer this year?